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April 2nd, 2015

Walkabout

With Jenny Agutter as a teenager lost in the Australian outback with her younger brother

Walkabout

Nicholas Roeg 1971, UK, 100 mins.

In the magnificent central Australian landsdcape two children find themselves stranded after their father, who has brought them there for a picnic, goes beserk and shoots himself. The girl, played by Jenny Agutter, realises she must take responsibility for getting herself and her brother back to civilisation, but they get lost and so begins the strange story of their “walkabout”, during which they come across an aboriginal boy also on walkabout, this time in the traditional sense of a rite of passage into manhood. An intriguing film and beautiful to look at.

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